Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 5

November 6
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the workforce implications of the globalization of research and development.
2:30 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

November 7
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on government enforcement of intellectual property rights.
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building

DC Chapter of ACM Hosts Net Neutrality Panel

For our readers in Washington, D.C., we wanted to note an event hosted by the D.C. Chapter of ACM.

Note – the time and specific location have changed.

Time: now 7:30-9:30
Location: now Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G Street NW

Monday, November 12th 2007

The DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), in collaboration with the student ACM chapter at George Washington University, proudly presents a technology policy panel discussion.

Who Should Control Internet Bandwith?
Net Neutrality Revisited

In 2006, the political debate over “net neutrality” reached a peak in Washington among legislators and regulators. While the issue is keeping a lower profile these days, it remains inextricably linked with the question of how Americans are using high-speed Internet (broadband).
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Online Comment Tool Available for Voting System Guidelines

Yesterday the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released it’s online comment tool for commenting on the next iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. Released in August by the EAC, this version is the first full rewrite of the standards in some time. The current version of the guidelines (sans commenting capability) is available online.

The comment tool is organized so that you can make a comment for each specific piece of the VVSG within the document. Public comments can also be reviewed, though there will be a few days delay in posting public comments.

This begins the first of two 120 day comment periods the EAC will hold prior to finalizing the guidelines. After the first comment period ends (the EAC website lists no deadline, but assuming it started on October 31 – the release date of the comment tool – it should end around February 28, 2008) the EAC will review the comments and incorporate them into the guidelines – along with feedback from their advisory boards. They will then start the second comment period.

It’s a large document, so you can’t start reviewing it for comment too early.